Common licensing standards for licensing hackney carriage and private hire drivers in Gloucestershire

Introduction

The Department for Transport (DfT) published its Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards in July 2020 with a strong focus to protect all passengers and users of taxis and private hire transport services.

The statutory guidance makes it clear that the Government expects the recommendations contained within it to be implemented unless there is a compelling local reason not to.  Furthermore, it is noted that the statutory standards document sets out a framework of policies that, under section 177(4), licensing authorities “must have regard” to when exercising their licensing and safeguarding functions.

In light of the DfT statutory standards and requirements contained within it, the licensing authorities in Gloucestershire have collectively undertaken a review of their hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies.  The result of this combined effort is the subject of this consultation.  Working together, the licensing authorities in Gloucestershire have drafted proposed common licensing standards for the county based on the requirements in the statutory standards document.

Consultation document

Common standards for licensing hackney carriage and private hire drivers in Gloucestershire

Scope

The principal focus of this consultation is driver and private hire operator licensing.

Licensing matters not in scope of this consultation, as outlined below in the draft common standards, will remain unchanged by this consultation.  This means that licensing matters relating to, for example, vehicle standards, are not included in the scope of this consultation and therefore in the common approach proposed at this stage.

The statutory standards do however include a number of other considerations such as CCTV in licensed vehicles and wider enforcement matters. Although not included in this consultation, the licensing authorities in Gloucestershire will, in due course, undertake further consultation on these matters.

Cheltenham supplementary

Cheltenham Borough Council has included a supplementary consultation on a number of local policy issues.  This supplementary is entirely separate from the substantive common licensing standards consultation. 

Responding to the consultation

The consultation will be open for 12 weeks from Tuesday 13 April 2021 to Tuesday 6 July 2021.

Each licensing authority in in Gloucestershire will consult individually with its own licensed trade, Members and communities. In addition, Cheltenham Borough Council will host the consultation for wider stakeholders to be included in the consultation.

Local consultation

Who

Where to respond

Local licensed trade

Individual Licensing Authority

Cheltenham licence holders can respond to taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Elected Members

Individual Licensing Authority

Cheltenham Borough Council elected Members can respond to taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Parish Councils

Individual Licensing Authority

Cheltenham Parishes can respond to taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Local residents and communities

Individual Licensing Authority

Cheltenham residents can respond to taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

   

Wider consultation

 

Where to respond

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council

taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Gloucestershire County Council - Integrated Transport Unit

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council

taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Gloucestershire County Council - Chair, Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council

taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Gloucestershire Children's Safeguarding Executive

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council

taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Neighbouring Authorities

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council

taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council

taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

Any other responses

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council

taxi.consultation@cheltenham.gov.uk

 

Consultation responses must be submitted in writing either by email as outlined above or by post to:

Common Taxi Standards Consultation 
Cheltenham Borough Council Licensing 
Municipal Offices 
Promenade 
Cheltenham 
GL50 9SA

Please include your full name, address and capacity (i.e. licence holder, local resident, elected Members etc.)

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